WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Mary Poppins

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen & Ed Wynn

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1588CS
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $69.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1964
(LD Release Date): 03/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Stevenson
(Screenplay/Written By): Bill Walsh & Don DaGradi
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Carroll Clark & William H. Tuntle
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Bill Thomas
(Editor): Cotton Warburton
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert O. Cook
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Bill Walsh
(Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.71:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the “Mary Poppins” books by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is Disney’s most celebrated and cherished family film of all time. This musically-charged tale finds the “practically perfect” nanny, Mary Poppins (Andrews in her film debut) flying high above the clouds of London and into the lives of two playful, yet somewhat glum, children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). It’s not long before Mary Poppins’ magic and cheer turns around the children’s prim, proper and preoccupied father, reuniting him happily with the entire family. Winner of five Academy Awards.

LaserDisc Picture:
Mary Poppins was composed for a 1.75:1 projection (as are nearly all Disney spherical flat features). The transfer is matted to 1.71:1. As with 20,000 Leagues, the image is slightly dark in contrast, but otherwise superb. The Technicolor® color fidelity and balance are pretty good given that this disc was mastered from an Eastman® Color 35mm print. The animated sequences are wonderfully clear and detailed.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The music score by Richard and Robert Sherman is a joy, if not down right “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The soundtrack recording however, is substantially inferior to its original theatrical sonics. The sound appears mono except for the music, and surround envelopment is barely perceivable. But the music and dance choreography is nevertheless enchanting.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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